Arctostaphylos pringlei Parry
Pringle manzanita, Pinkbract manzanita
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
USDA Symbol: ARPR
A gray-green leaved shrub from 4-6 ft. which sometime forms impenetrable thickets. The flowers are small, white to pinkish, and bell-shaped, occuring in clusters. They are followed by red berries. The bark is smooth and mahogany-colored.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. CA, extreme s.w. UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, mountain slopes; 4000-7500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: A valuable plant for erosion control. Because stems root where they touch the ground, a thick mat may be created. This can be a problem if one is attempting to grow other, less competitive, plants on the site.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, bears and other animals eat the fruits.
Use Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Nectar Source: yes
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff